Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Birkenhead to name RRS Sir David Attenborough

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Birkenhead to name RRS Sir David Attenborough

 

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Birkenhead to name RRS Sir David Attenborough
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Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Birkenhead to attend the naming ceremony of the UK’s new polar research ship, the “Royal Research Ship Sir David Attenborough” at the Cammell Laird shipyard. The ceremony of the  RRS Sir David Attenborough is the highlight of a three-day celebration of UK science, engineering, and shipbuilding.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Birkenhead to name RRS Sir David Attenborough
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Today is William and Catherine’s first official joint engagement after the summer break. But we last saw them together when they accompanied Princess Charlotte to her first day of School.  The royal couple was joined by the ship’s namesake, the legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Birkenhead to name RRS Sir David Attenborough
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Duchess was presented with beautiful flowers by children dressed as penguins.

RRS Sir David Attenborough
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This new polar research ship is one of the most advanced in the world. Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council and built by Cammell Laird will be operated by the British Antarctic Survey. The RRS Sir David Attenborough will transform ship-borne science in Antarctica and the Arctic.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the naming ceremony of RRS Sir David Attenborough
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The ship will provide UK polar researchers and their international collaborators with access to a state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary research platform that will enable them to investigate the role that polar oceans play in our changing world. The £200 million investment is the UK Government’s largest investment in polar science since the 1980s. Learn more about the RRS Sir David Attenborough here.

From British Antarctic Society,” Britain has been a world leader in polar exploration and research for over a century. Studying these remote regions plays a crucial role in helping us understand the changes in our planet’s oceans, marine life and climate system. The RRS James Clark Ross is nearing the end of her 25-year lifespan and the RRS Ernest Shackleton was returned to its owners GC Riebers on 30 April 2019, after 20 years of polar duties for BAS.  This means there is a need for a new, modern platform for Arctic and Antarctic research. Operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the ship will be available year-round to the whole UK research community, including postgraduate trainees.

The RRS Sir David Attenborough‘s design optimises her ability to support science in extreme environments. A wide range of specialist scientific facilities, instruments and laboratories will enable scientists to conduct a wide range of multi-disciplinary sciences to study the ocean, seafloor and atmosphere. Data from the deep ocean and under-ice inaccessible locations will be captured using robotic and remotely operated devices. Marine robotics and remotely operated vehicles will capture data from the deep ocean and previously inaccessible locations under the ice. The famous Boaty McBoatface will be deployed on scientific missions in the Polar Regions.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Birkenhead to name RRS Sir David Attenborough
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The ship will be able to deploy, operate and control a range of remotely piloted science instruments at the same time. This means scientists can gather detailed simultaneous measurements from both airborne and marine remotely operated vehicles and autonomous platforms. She is the first British polar research ship to feature a moon pool – a vertical shaft (~4 x 4 m) running through the vessel and open to both the air (at deck level) and sea (at the hull). Using the moon pool, scientific equipment can be deployed and recovered through the centre, and thus most stable part, of the hull. This is both easier and safer than deploying equipment over the side or stern, particularly in the rough seas characteristic of the polar oceans.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Birkenhead to name RRS Sir David Attenborough
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Sir David Attenborough, a natural historian, is known for the nine natural history documentary series forming the Life collection that together constitutes a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on Earth. William interviewed Sir David at the World Economic Forum in January earlier this year and also attended the premiere of his Netflix series – Our Planet. Sir David also took part in the documentary with the Queen, The Queen’s Green Planet, just last year.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Birkenhead to name RRS Sir David Attenborough
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William and Catherine met with the members of the public gathered there to watch the naming ceremony.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Birkenhead to name RRS Sir David Attenborough
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A well-wisher was seen holding a beautiful picture of the royal couple from their engagement announcement in November 2010.

 

William and Catherine learned about the RRS Sir David Attenborough. It was Duchess’ second ship naming ceremony. Her first one was in 2013 when she names Royal Princess in Margate.

Catherine pressed a yellow coloured button that smashed a bottle of champagne against the hull of the ship to officially Christine the ship after Sir David Attenborough. The name of the ship was chosen by public voting.  In an online poll, 124,000 people had cheekily suggested that the boat be called “Boaty McBoatface” before ministers stepped in to end the joke.  given instead to the long-range robotic yellow submarines that will in future operate from the Attenborough.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Birkenhead to name RRS Sir David Attenborough
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Before pressing the button, Catherine said,It gives me great pleasure to name this ship Sir David Attenborough, and may God bless her and all those who sail in her.”

 

About Sir David, William once said, “I used to love, and I still do, but when I was a young boy, used to love turning on the television and watching David’s programs and really feeling like I was back out in Africa or I was learning about something magical and almost out of this planet“. Speaking at today’s event William said, “There has never been a more important moment for this ship to get to work and there is no person more fitting for this beacon of scientific research to be named after than you, David“.

 

The Duke and Duchess met engineers involved in building the boat, and children who are part of the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Polar Explorer program that encourages schools to enrich science, technology, engineering and math education by teaching children about polar science. Learn more about the program here.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Birkenhead to name RRS Sir David Attenborough
British Antarctic Society

William and Catherine accompanied by Sir David Attenborough had a tour of the new polar ship BAS scientist Robert Mulvaney shows the group and local schoolchildren ice from Antarctica. They learn about the role of the robotic underwater vehicle famously named Boaty McBoatface.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Birkenhead to name RRS Sir David Attenborough
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Catherine talking to school children.

A video of the day.

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Duchess of Cambridge is wearing her Alexander McQueen Utility Coat. Catherine debuted the coat in 2014 at Blenheim and Omaka Aviation Center during New Zealand Tour. The bespoke coat has double-leaf crepe coat, with utility pockets, waist belt and pleated back skirt. Duchess again wore the coat at the D-Day Commemoration in 2014 and 75th Anniversary of Air Cadets in 2016.

Duchess wearing Alexander McQueen Utility Coat.
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A look back at Duchess wearing Alexander McQueen Utility Coat. The collage was made by lovely Katie on Twitter.

Duchess of Cambride debuted Emmy London Josie Block Heel Pointed Shoe in May 2019 at the launch fo King's cup
Emmy London Josie Block Heel Pointed Shoe

Catherine paired the look with her Emmy London Josie Block Heel Pointed Shoe that she debuted in May 2019 at the launch of King’s Cup.

Duchess of Cambridge carried Asprey London 1781 Pochette Blueberry Bullskin in birkenhead
Asprey London 1781 Pochette Blueberry Bullskin

Susan from What Kate Wore noted Asprey 1781 Pochette handbag. The £1850 bag is crafted from bull skin leather and features Signature Asprey 1781 clasp in pale gold hardware. It has an optional adjustable shoulder strap and lambskin interior that includes zip coin pockets.

 

Duchess of Cambridge Mappin & Webb Empress earrings
Mappin & Webb Empress earrings

Catherine’s Mappin & Webb Empress Earrings, that she debuted in 2015 at the Christening of Princess Charlotte, finished her today’s look.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Joint Patrons, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, today held a Reception at Kensington Palace.

It looks like William and Catherine are doing a lot of stuff behind the door. Isa on Twitter noted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Joint Patrons, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, held a Reception at Kensington Palace on September 25.

Princes Beatrice of York is engaged to Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Eugenie

It was an interesting day. Today, the Duke and Duchess of York announced the engagement of their elder daughter Princess Beatrice of York to Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The couple we get married in 2020. I believe we will be seeing the debut of Prince Louis as Page Boy very soon.

Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi said; “We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married.”

Princes Beatrice of York is engaged to Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Eugenie

Edoardo worked closely with jeweller Shaun Leane to design Beatrice’s engagement ring. The main diamond is 2.5 karats. The baguette diamonds on the side are .75 karats. They are from Botswana and ethically sourced.  “I am so honoured Edoardo chose to work with me to design the engagement ring,” said the jeweller Shaun Leane.

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Children’s Princess – Duchess of Cambridge is Making a Difference in Her Own Silent Way

The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society
The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society
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What do you like the most about Duchess of Cambridge? The answer will be her elegant and approachable familiar style and her compassionate and feminine personality that is making a big difference in many lives without making any noise.

Duchess of Cambridge in Blue Peter
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Duchess who has made Early year intervention, mental health and family and care support her main focus of public life is doing her work with passion to make the slightest difference that she can make as she said in her engagement interview almost 9 years ago.

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It is not a silent difference, the early years of a kid’s life are defining years. A safe and secure childhood with a loving family is the foundation of great lives. Duchess who her self comes from a close-knit family understands the importance of loving and caring family home and along with her husband Prince William doing her best to give the same safe and full of love upbringing to her own kids that she had.

Prince Louis made his debut appearance at Trooping the Colour with Duke and duchess of cambridge
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And she is determined to make sure that every child in the UK gets that too. Whether it is her patronages, her Back to Nature Garden or her support to Backyard Nature, her every step is focused on the next generation of Great Britain.

Duchess of Cambridge visited Gilwell Park to meet Scouts
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Prof Peter Fonagy, the CEO of Anna Freud Centre, a Patronage of Catherine, said, “The Duchess of Cambridge has done more to turn the tide of stigma around mental health than any other single individual that I could name. To the millions of children who have been suffering in silence, she is their voice.

Duchess of Cambridge at Henry Fawcett Childre Centre
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It is true on so many levels. The Duchess used her position to put the limelight on an issue that was considered a taboo otherwise. No one was talking about early years’ importance, child and parent mental health this openly at such a high profile platform. She talked about her own experiences and the difficulties she faced as a new Mother, postpartum depression. She has started the conversation and brought the issue into the centre of the stage, from here it will only go up and beyond. She is truly turning into Children’s Princess. As People Magazine’s cover said, ” The Mom Who Will  Be Queen”.


Kensington Palace released the result of BBC's Blue Peter Pan competition launched by the duchess of cambridge
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Yesterday, Palace released the result of a competition held by BBC’s Children Show Blue Peter Pan.

In June this year, Duchess collaborated with Blue Peter to launch a special competition that asked viewers to design a sculpture that went into the Duchess’s Back to Nature garden at RHS Wisley last week. The winner’s name is Jessica.

Jessica’s beautiful winning sculpture is made of wood and recycled metal, wowing the judges with its stunning butterfly wings, covered in clematis flowers. Lucy and Megan, who designed beautiful tin can herbs and den building activity cards were the runner-ups.

Kensington Palace released the result of BBC's Blue Peter Pan competition launched by the duchess of cambridge
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The Duchess of Cambridge joined Ben from the RHS and George Hassall in the judging panel to pick out the winning entry. In this picture, Duchess is wearing L.K. Bennett Silk Madison Dress that she first wore in July this year when Prince Louis of Cambridge Made his Polo Debut.

Catherine made her second appearance on Blue Peter in yesterday’s show to unveil the scultpture along with Jessica and Ben. The clip was shot on the same day when Duchess visited her Back to Nature garden at RHS Wisley in last week.


Duchess of Cambridge, a country girl at heart, has been a long standing advocate of physical and mental benefits of spending time outdoors with family, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development. During her first appearance, Duchess talked to the show presenter Lindsey Russell about her love for the spending time outside and its benefits. When Russell asked Duchess whether getting outside with her family is something she does a lot, Duchess replied laughingly,

Yes, “rain or shine” they get “dragged outside. But it’s great, and I see it encourage creativity, confidence. Even a short amount of time 10 to 15 minutes outside makes a huge difference I think to both physical well-being but also to our mental well-being.”


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Pakistan in October
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In other news, Kensington Palace today announced the dates of upcoming Royal visit to Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting Pakistan from October 14 to October 18. Details of the visit will be announced in due course.

Ahead of the visit, William and Catherine will attend a special event at the Aga Khan Centre on 2nd October, hosted by His Highness The Aga Khan. Organised in cooperation with the High Commission of Pakistan, the event will showcase modern Pakistani culture.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Pakistan in October

It looks like Catherine is really busy behind the scene too. Today Gertsroyals noted two Court Circual entries stating that Catherine as Joint Patron of the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this morning received Mr Jason Knauf (Chief Executive) and afterwards held an Early Years Meeting.

The Royal Foundation of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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Last Month, the foundation name and structure was changed. Gertsroyals shared this picture of the company document on Twitter.

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Duchess of Cambridge’s stylish visit to Sunshine House

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
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Today, the Duchess of Cambridge made an embargoed visit to Sunshine House Children and Young People’s Health and Development Centre in London to meet the new mothers being supported by The Family Nurse Partnership. The visit was not announced beforehand so it came as a pleasant surprise to Royal followers.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
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Duchess was visiting to learn more about a nursing initiative that supports families and children in the early years run by the Family Nurse Partnership and to better understand how the programme has helped them and their children. The Family Nurse Partnership – a voluntary home visiting programme, supports young mothers and first-time parents aged 24 & under to have a healthy pregnancy, improve their child’s health and development and attain their goals for their child and their family.

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Sunshine House Children and Young People’s Health and Development Centre provide community health services in a variety of locations across Lambeth and Southwark.  The Family Nurse Partnership is one of them.  At FNP parents are partnered with a specially trained family nurse, who visits them regularly from early pregnancy until their child is two.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
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About the visit palace said, “the visit is to further Duchess’ research and engagement with the Early Years sector. FNP in Southwark is delivered by Evelina London, of which Her Royal Highness is Patron. As part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Evelina London is a major children’s hospital and provider of community services. From health visitors and school nurses to specialist treatment for children with long-term health conditions, Evelina London’s community services care for children and families across the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark“. Catherine has made support to families, carers and children in their early years and mental health her primary focus of public life as a royal.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
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Since late 2017, Catherine has been doing extensive research and studies in the field. She even set up a steering group of experts and professionals in the field of early years. The Duchess’s longer-term aim is to create a partnership between experts and organisations in order to build strong collaboration and to raise awareness of issues like perinatal, maternal and infant mental health, and the need for parenting support and advice, as well as resources for schools and educators. The steering group will work in the months ahead and report back to The Duchess on options for long-term collaboration.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
FNP

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) in Southwark is run by Evelina London, a children’s hospital and provider of community services. Duchess of Cambridge became the patron of Evelina London in December 2018. Evelina London was also one of the chosen charities for the funds and gifts at the birth of Prince Louis in April 2018. Families from Evelina London were invited at the unveiling of Duchess’s Back to Nature Garden Wisley in Woking, Surrey earlier last week.

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By focusing on their strengths, FNP enables young parents to develop good relationships with and understand the needs of their child, make choices that will give their child the best possible start in life, Believe in themselves and their ability to succeed and mirror the positive relationship they have with their family nurse with others.

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FNP is structured – the tools it uses and the nature and number of visits are prescribed, based on years of research, evidence, successful implementation and constant evaluation – but it is also flexible. Within this structure, nurses deliver a highly personalised intervention based around the specific strengths and needs of each client. We call this agenda matching, and it is a sophisticated process demanding a high level of skill from our nurses.

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Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is delivered in around 80 areas across England. Each local team is made up of specially trained family nurse supervisors, family nurses, and quality support officers. The supervisors are experienced and highly skilled health professionals who also receive extensive additional training from the FNP National Unit. They lead the local team: providing supervision to their nurses, incorporating formative, restorative and normative elements, ensuring the safeguarding of clients and their children; developing the learning of the nurses in their team; and engage and build positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. Importantly, they also carry a small caseload of clients.

A video of the day. From People’s report,

One of those professionals, Kate Stanley, from the children’s charity the NSPCC, told PEOPLE earlier this month that Kate “has identified very shrewdly that if you want to tackle the root causes of all mental health then looking at the early years is a great place to be. It is a critical period of of development, lays the foundations for later life for both our physical health and mental health. It’s a natural progression from that interest.”

Kate has a “really strong interest therefore in how you can support mothers and fathers in the earliest months of life of a child and during pregnancy in order to make sure that brain architecture was well supported. And a real compassion about the challenges of that and desire to understand the experiences of the families that some of the people around the table work with.”

During the visit, Duchess met the team at Sunshine House, whose work helps support young mothers. She talked about how quickly her children grow up and she can’t believe George is already 6.


Coming to what Duchess wore – Catherine debuted another stunning look today.

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She was wearing Equipment Slim Signature Polka Dot Silk Shirt. Thanks to Caroline Parr on Twitter for the id.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
Equipment Slim Signature Polka Dot Silk Shirt

The $280 shirt is described as, “This button-down features all the classic elements of our signature blouse from the front buttons to the double chest pockets, but we’ve cut it slightly more fitted for a structured work-ready look”.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
Equipment Slim Signature Polka Dot Silk Shirt

The silk shirt features Front button closure, Spread collar, Chest flap-patch pockets, Long sleeves with button cuffs, back yoke with box pleat and Shirttail hem.  It is currently available on Equipment, Nordstrom and Shopbop.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
Zara Culottes

Catherine paired the look with Zara black Culottes. Thanks to PackhamGown and Cambridge mums on Twitter for the id.

Duchess of Cambridge wore blue polka dot shirt and Zara Culottes to Sunshine Family Nursing Programme
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The $49.90 high waist wide-leg trousers have side zip fastening hidden in the seam. It is also available in grey and white.

Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps
Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps

Catherine was wearing her Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps.

Duchess of Cambridge opened back to nature garden at RHS Wisley wearing Emilia Wickstead floral dress
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Duchess finished her look with gold-tone earring she wore last week at the opening of RHS Back To Nature Garden in Surrey. 
Today was not the only unannounced engagement, Court Circular also had two Royal Foundation meetings, one in the last week when Duchess met with director Richard Curtis and one yesterday when she attended Royal Foundation Trustees’ Meeting.
Next, we will see William and Catherine will be visiting Birkenhead on Thursday, September 26th. The Palace announced,

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Birkenhead on Thursday 26th September to attend the naming ceremony of the UK’s new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Before the ceremony, Their Royal Highnesses will undertake a short tour of the ship. Owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and operated by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the RRS Sir David Attenborough will enable world-leading research to be carried out in Antarctica and the Arctic over the next 25 to 30 years. Studying these remote regions plays a crucial role in allowing us to understand the changes in our planet’s oceans, marine life and climate systems. The ship will be available year-round to the UK’s research community.

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